In the opening to her audiobook, Caroline Myss’s Essential Guide to Healers, Myss gives a piece of essential, basic advice for healers:
Change your wiring and your allegiance to realize the world behind your eyes – that which you know you experience as an individual – holds more authority for you than that which the world says is possible to experience.
This is wisdom you will surely come to on your life journey if you have the perception and patience to pay attention to your own experience. You cannot rely on a human-constructed view of reality that trusts only the five senses – a view that wants repeated, sensory proof that something can happen in order to say that even one occurrence is “real.” In a living world as mercurial and magical as this on planet earth, it amazes me to observe how much human beings expect constancy rather than change. Not only do we expect society, views of reality, and human constructions to remain the same, we also expect individuals to remain the same throughout their lifetimes, and we are uncomfortable when someone we love makes major changes. We expect or at least long for the world around us to stay the same, to be predictable, to be understandable. This propensity (is it human nature?) leaves our collective view of reality as close-minded and overly fearful.
Myss’s insight, of course, is not only good advice for healers, it is also good advice for anyone who is on the edge of change. Roger Bannister would have never run the four-minute mile if he had believed what human society claimed was possible. In fact, if individuals believed only what the collective human viewpoint claimed to be possible, we would still think that the earth was flat, that the earth was the center of the universe, and numerous other fallacies. To create changes in our overall understanding of what is, someone had to have the courage to believe his or her own experience even though it went against what was taught in mainstream society. And it was no easy thing – many of these discoverers were executed for their heresy, speaking against the “truth.” As a species, our fear of the unknown is so great that we murder and destroy those who try to disrupt our comfortable understanding.
Hence the dilemma of being an energy healer in the modern world: as an individual, you know that positive effects occur because of your attention and energy. However, the mainstream world remains skeptical – why should something so simple, so noninvasive as the sharing of energy actually help an illness? We, as a society, have become so dependent on drugs and machines that we have forgotten our energetic connection with each other. We have forgotten that we can and do influence all beings around us. We have forgotten how to use our intuition, our inner knowing, to come back to some sort of harmony both in our individual bodies as well as in the bodies of our large groupings in cities and across continents.
William Bengston, PhD., has used traditional science to validate his success at energy healing. He has cured mice of cancer in repeated laboratory tests, and he is able to relate countless anecdotal experiences of healing people of various maladies. In his book, The Energy Cure, he discusses his struggles with the scientific community, which has, by and large, attempted to ignore his proven evidence. “Few professionals were willing to believe our experimental results, although these were unambiguous. The idea that the laying-on of hands might cure cancer was too revolutionary, especially among doctors and scientists trained to believe it couldn’t be true” (110).
Therein lies the problem: the scientists are trained to believe that certain things just cannot be true. Scientists are so comfortable with the current scientific explanation of the world that they have forgotten one of the fundamental rules of science: open-minded inquisitiveness. As Bengston says, “Science can be as faith based as any other belief system, with its priests and its heretics” (143). The priests are those who have risen to prestige in academia or the corporate world, those who tend to further the quickly outdated understanding of reality to remain comfortable, powerful. The heretics are those like Bengston (and many many others) who prove, using the scientific community’s protocols, that certain things can occur (such as healing mice by the laying on of hands), and yet they are ostracized or ignored because their research doesn’t fit or suit the priests’ agenda.
Bengston himself notes that there need be no controversy: “Energy healing doesn’t dispute the value of Western medicine, with its sophisticated use of technology. It does imply that it may not tell the whole story” (144). Why are scientists wedded to the belief that they have told the whole story regarding human health and medicine? Hopefully our heretics will make headway, for the world needs to change, and healthcare could be turned upside down if we, as a culture, depended less on drugs and machines and more on our own inner knowing of how to keep a system in harmony.
Bengston, William, PhD. The Energy Cure. Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True, 2010.
Myss, Caroline. Caroline Myss’s Essential Guide to Healers. Boulder, Colorado, Sounds True, 2004.